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Drumochter No More (Almost)

Drumochter No More (Almost)


Postby Huck Finn » Sun Feb 12, 2012 9:27 pm

Route description: A' Mharconaich and Geal Charn, Drumochter

Munros included on this walk: A' Mharconaich, Beinn Udlamain, Geal-charn (Drumochter)

Date walked: 12/02/2012

Time taken: 6.3 hours

Distance: 18.6 km

Ascent: 987m

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Dave, Kev and Myself arrived at Balsporran Cottages at 8:00; Ian was already there, with Jake.

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The weather was a bit murky, but at least it was dry. We crossed the railway line and headed on up the track, the path hit a split, but a handy we sign sent us on the right path (I think Dave got a pic of it). We soon came upon the path to the right and we made our way up Geal Charn.

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We did stop at one point to try out our new toy, a nice wee sledge.

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After some fun we made our way to the summit. Visibility was poor and with nothing to see, we made our way to Beinn Udlamain

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Dave asked me to take this photo for Polly 33 - For once he is smiling


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The sun threated to come out from time to time, but we were sadly disappointed with zero views.

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A lunch break with some of Senga’s home made Tomato and Veg soup (it really hits the spot and gives us a lift on these dull days) and it was time to head on to A' Mharconaich.


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The weather started to brighten up and this lifted the spirits and we were soon at the top.

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The decent made for more fun and the sledges were out again, with Dave reaching a top speed of 21.1 mph, pretty good given the snow was so soft.

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The decent down was good and we were soon at the car and heading to Blair Atholl for our customary beer.

Dave, Ian, Me & Jake have now done the Drumochter 6, Kevin still has two to do, then it will be Drumochter no more.
Last edited by Huck Finn on Mon Feb 13, 2012 8:05 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: Drumochter No More (Almost)

Postby Huck Finn » Sun Feb 12, 2012 9:32 pm

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Re: Drumochter No More (Almost)

Postby pigeon » Sun Feb 12, 2012 10:26 pm

Another good day Huck,some of my pics :thumbup:
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udlamain 3,not 4
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Re: Drumochter No More (Almost)

Postby KGBMC » Sun Feb 12, 2012 10:43 pm

Great report with excellent photos,
I have a habit of looking for background details and was not dissapointed (perhaps thats because of my past training in the KGB
Was that a Deuter 32 pack someone was wearing and if so how is it rated as a day sack, this is a sack I have shortlisted
You all seemed to get full use of your micro spikes

I noticed the new tracks parallel to the A9 for the erection of the new giant pylons
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Re: Drumochter No More (Almost)

Postby fipriestley » Sun Feb 12, 2012 11:04 pm

Great pics! I was up that way yesterday - doesn't look like visibility got much better for you. I SO need to get myself one of these sledges :lol: :lol:
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Re: Drumochter No More (Almost)

Postby jonny616 » Sun Feb 12, 2012 11:58 pm

Welcome to the 3000 feet sledging club. :lol: :lol: You can get some serious speed up on thoose wee things. Looks like you guys had a good day out.
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Re: Drumochter No More (Almost)

Postby pollyh33 » Mon Feb 13, 2012 12:45 am

Brilliant brilliant brilliant HK! :thumbup: :thumbup:

Your photos are amazing!

Love the action ones of the big boys sledging :lol: :lol:

PS I could tell he was having a good old giggle behind that mask- there's no fooling me :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Drumochter No More (Almost)

Postby Huck Finn » Mon Feb 13, 2012 5:55 am

Thanks for all the posative comments, it was a cracking day out :lol:


fipriestley wrote:Great pics! I was up that way yesterday - doesn't look like visibility got much better for you. I SO need to get myself one of these sledges :lol: :lol:


I got the sledges out of a shop on Linlithgow High st, only £2.99 each :thumbup:
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Re: Drumochter No More (Almost)

Postby Huck Finn » Mon Feb 13, 2012 5:56 am

pigeon wrote:Another good day Huck,some of my pics :]


Mystery of the pic solved :D
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Re: Drumochter No More (Almost)

Postby quoman » Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:30 am

Nice report and pic's
shame about the weather with no much views looks like you had some fun up there
i like the sledge's though need to get one :lol:
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Re: Drumochter No More (Almost)

Postby Frogwell » Mon Feb 13, 2012 11:38 am

How long did it take to find a way round the post? :lol:
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Re: Drumochter No More (Almost)

Postby Alastair S » Mon Feb 13, 2012 1:35 pm

Frogwell wrote:How long did it take to find a way round the post? :lol:

:lol:

Excellent report. I was at Glenshee for a bit of sledging myself (well mainly for daughter who was bemoaning the lack of snow when England has a bit) and the weather there was perfect - sunny, wind & cloud free. Just shows how local the weather can be in the hills.
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Re: Drumochter No More (Almost)

Postby monty » Mon Feb 13, 2012 5:16 pm

Nice report guys. Looks like plenty fun was had with the sledges. Nice one. :D
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Re: Drumochter No More (Almost)

Postby Huck Finn » Mon Feb 13, 2012 8:07 pm

That is class Frogwell :lol: :lol: :lol:

Frogwell wrote:How long did it take to find a way round the post? :lol:
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Re: Drumochter No More (Almost)

Postby gary » Tue Feb 14, 2012 12:15 pm

Nice report, we were up Beinn uldamain and Sgairneach Mhor on Sunday, think you may have had better views than us though judging by your pics.
Like the idea of the sledges also, thinking of buying one now.
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